Residents, family and staff had a “spooky” good time Friday evening, October 28, at the Halloween Spooktacular. Decorations included bats, spiders, and orange and black balloons. Delicious refreshments were prepared by Landmark Catering and the dietary department.
Monster music was provided by Daniel Quesenberry, and where there is music there is always dancing. Residents Helena Marsh, Dorothy Delisa, and Pauline Clark were the winners of the costume contest; each received a gift card as their prize.
Monday evening, October 31, children from throughout Patrick County stopped by for trick-or-treat night at The Landmark Center. Around 40 residents gave out treats to a long line of ghost and goblins. Many residents and family members look forward to this event each year. A special thank you goes to Norman and Thyra Biggs for the candy donation.
The monthly Operation Homefront meeting was held Tuesday, November 1 at the Landmark Center. If you served in the armed forces of the U.S. you are invited to attend casual meetings to connect, recognize, and support our local heroes. The next meeting will be December 6. For more information, contact Susan Foster at (276) 694-4416. These meetings are sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. Refreshments are provided.
Later in the day residents traveled to Mount Airy, N.C., for lunch. Evening entertainment was provided by the Mountain View Church Singers.
Walking Club members were honored on November 3 with chocolate pound cake and punch. Each resident who completed the 425 mile walk to Nashville, Tenn., received a certificate of recognition. They are now on a journey from Tennessee to Oklahoma, another 678 miles. If you would like to join them, they walk each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 4 p.m.
Friday morning, November 4, residents were treated to doughnuts and coffee as Daniel shared the local news. After dinner Mike Hall inspired the residents with beautiful gospel music.
Residents enjoyed breakfast at a local restaurant in Stuart, Tuesday, November 8. Those residents remaining home worked on Christmas decorations for the resident tree.
The Art Fusion Discussion Group met in the arts and crafts room in the afternoon. Beth Ford, historical services assistant from the Reynolds Homestead Continuing Education Center, along with Becky Turner, volunteer, discussed politics, voting in America, and presidents “in times gone by.” This program brought back memories which the residents shared with each other. As always it was a great program; very personal and engaging.
Thursday, November 10, residents traveled to Laurel Fork for lunch.
You are invited to attend the monthly Family Education Series which will be held on the second Thursday of each month. Our “Hold Your Hand” series will cover a variety of topics affecting families and caregivers who are currently caring for a senior citizen. Join us Thursday, December 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection in the recreational room. 105 Landmark Drive, Stuart. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Janet Ferraro at BRTC, (276) 694-7161; or Melinda Collins at TLC (276) 694-3050.
You are invited to attend an Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting on November 22 at noon at The Landmark Center. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, call The Landmark Center at (276) 694-3050; or Blue Ridge Therapy Connection at (276) 694-7161. This program is sponsored by The Landmark Center, Blue Ridge Therapy Connection, and the Southern Area Agency on Aging.
The Landmark Center and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection will provide free blood pressure checks at the following locations and times: November 21, Ararat Seniors, Ararat meal site, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and November 22, Step Seniors, Step meal site, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Make plans to attend the last Community Rook Tournament of 2016 on December 1 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Landmark dining room. Invite a friend and spend a fun-filled afternoon with the residents. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Daniel at (276) 694-3050, extension 4514.
Until next time-see you at the Landmark.
Creative Expressions, a support group, meets every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Call or text Sandy Dawson at (276) 692-5504 for the location and information. The meeting is sponsored by Citizens Against Family Violence. The mission is: “Empowering survivors and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as you heal from the trauma you’ve experienced.”